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Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story Hardcover – October 15, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770461264
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770461260
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[Woman Rebel] makes for a great read, full of politics, sex, controversy, yelling, feminism, and, of course, history.” —Paste

"I've been reading Peter Bagge's comics since I was 13 years old...So I do not say this lightly: I think Bagge's new biography of Sanger, Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story, is the best work of his career."—The Stranger

About the Author

Peter Bagge is the Harvey Award–winning author of the acclaimed nineties alternative-comic series Hate, starring slacker hero Buddy Bradley, and a regular contributor to Reason magazine. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, he got his start in comics in the R. Crumb–edited magazine Weirdo. Bagge lives in Seattle with his wife, Joanne, their daughter, and three cats.

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I've read it several times and each turn brings new details and delight.
Rachel Frost
Mr. Bagge tells the story of a female activist that was born in 1880 but her story would have been the same had she been born in 1980.
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Peter Bagge, both as a writer and illustrator, did a great job telling her story.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is a masterpiece! Seriously jam backed with information, and presented in the clearest most entertaining way possible. I've read it several times and each turn brings new details and delight. The story is nuanced, surprising, painful and hilarious. Bagge obviously did extensive, holistic research on his subject and he completely dispels the truly ignorant propaganda about Sanger who whole-heartedly believed in civil liberty for all people. Finally we have historic accuracy! Margaret Sanger is a feminist hero who lived an exciting and revolutionary life. She's a person that you relate to and admire. Bagge is an amazing story-teller. I can't wait to read his next book!
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By SarahK66 on October 16, 2013
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This is a perfect little book of a really interesting and complex lady.Peter Bagge did his best to stay to the truth of her story and not get sucked in to the tall tales others say about M. Sanger. The art is great as usual and the story is really funny and compelling. Great for feminists who happen to be comic book fans as well!
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I’ll be completely honest: I had no idea who Margaret Sanger was until I read this book. Having finished it, I’m now very much informed on the subject and thoroughly enjoyed reading about Sanger’s extraordinary life thanks to Peter Bagge’s wonderful storytelling and research.

Comics are a wonderful medium and one of the things they do extremely well, which is never emphasised enough, is non-fiction. Whether biography, true crime, philosophy, politics, science or history, comics can make nearly every non-fiction type much more appealing and understandable. So even if I knew nothing about Margaret Sanger, I know Peter Bagge is an accomplished cartoonist, I know Drawn & Quarterly publish quality books, and I knew the medium would bring the subject to life. And I was right - Woman Rebel is a great book!

Sanger was the founder of Planned Parenthood, the American organisation for birth control. It’s no surprise to see where her drive for birth control came from seeing that her own mother had 18 pregnancies (10 of whom survived into adulthood) and that, as a young nurse, she saw women harming themselves to prevent further pregnancies, and living in appalling conditions surrounded by financially draining unwanted children due to ignorance of birth prevention.

This led to Sanger’s lifelong crusade to educate and inform the women of the world about their bodies and push for sex education for everyone everywhere and the widespread use, and legalisation, of birth control methods like diaphragms. Surprisingly, she was against abortion, preferring women exercise safe sex to ensure against pregnancy, and advised women to carry their pregnancies to term, though this might have been because of it being illegal so she only saw the results of back-alley abortions.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Doug Ittner on November 30, 2013
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It was a quick read, being a comic and all, but it did pack a lot of information about Sanger.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Erica Robinson on December 13, 2013
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This is an excellent, informative comic about the life of an incredibly influential woman who's amazing story has been marginalized and villified by conservatives. The cartoony style threw me off at first, but the really expressive illustrations and solid storytelling won me over, and I ultimately felt very connected with Margaret's story and with the history of women's liberation. A really wonderful book. Peter Bagge is a very thoughtful and compelling writer/illustrator.
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Format: Hardcover
Smart, lively writing and illustrations to match. I (regrettably) had no idea who Margaret Sanger was before I ran across this book - now that I have a taste of her story, I'm curious to find out even more.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Goran E on November 14, 2013
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Wonderfully informative AND entertaining retelling of a fascinating life. Bagge obviously admires Sanger's accomplishments - who wouldn't? - but doesn't in any way whitewash her as a person. She was a strong, smart and at times difficult woman. This is a nuanced portrait, with the good and the bad. Also the funny, this being Bagge.

Don't believe the nonsensical one-star "review" below by a person who obviously didn't read this book but buys into slanted propaganda about Sanger - who, incredibly, remains controversial to this day. Would a "racist" open a clinic in Harlem in 1931? Please.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Field on March 30, 2014
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At first I was taken aback by the marriage of artist and subject matter, but once I began reading, P. Bagge and Margaret Sanger seemed like a perfect blend. I was reminded of the biographic sketches of Phillip Dick, Krafft-Ebing, and Samuel Johnson that R. Crumb produced for his magazine Weirdo. Like these, Bagge's biography of Margaret Sanger is thoroughly researched, densely packed with information, and perfectly rendered.
Bagge's notes in the back of the book expand on the information and explain some of his artistic choices and changes. I realized I knew next to nothing about an important American and put down the book wanting to read more about Margaret Sanger. Well done Peter Bagge!
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